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Kingston fires late brace to edge Laois past Wicklow

Laois 2-11 Wicklow 2-10

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Conor McGraynor of Wicklow in action against Eoin Buggie, left, and David Seale of Laois. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Conor McGraynor of Wicklow in action against Eoin Buggie, left, and David Seale of Laois. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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Conor McGraynor of Wicklow in action against Eoin Buggie, left, and David Seale of Laois. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Supersub Paul Kingston was the two-goal hero for Laois as they snatched a last-gasp victory over Wicklow in Bray.

Kingston, who came off the bench in second half as Laois rallied, drilled home his first goal in the 63 minute.

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Patrick O’Connor of Wicklow scores his side's first goal. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Patrick O’Connor of Wicklow scores his side's first goal. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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That narrowed the gap to a single point, and then he landed the killer second goal deep in injury-time, when Wicklow had no time left to respond,

Wicklow manager John Evans, was not happy with the winning goal. He felt it should have been a free out.

"I do not know how the referee missed the push in the back on Ross O'Brien. It was so obvious," he complained.

But he was more pleased with the performance of his players.

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Dean Healy of Wicklow in action against Trevor Collins of Laois. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Dean Healy of Wicklow in action against Trevor Collins of Laois. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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For most of the game, Wicklow appeared as if they were going to claim victory.

They were ahead 2-4 to 0-6 at half-time, Anthony McLoughlin and Patrick O'Connor scoring the goals, and still clinging to a 2-10 to 1-11 advantage as the clocked ticked past 70 minutes.

Dominated

Even Laois manager John Sugrue accepted that "Wicklow dominated for good tracks of the game".

"But we stuck it out, we dug it out. And a win is a win," he added.

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Anthony McLoughlin shoots to score his side's second goal. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Anthony McLoughlin shoots to score his side's second goal. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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Behind 2-4 to 0-6 at the break, John Sugrue sprung some of his heavy artillery from the bench for the second half.

In came Kingston, Martin Scully and Rob Tyrrell, and they made a difference.

But he cautioned: "It was one of those games you cannot read too much into, good or bad.

"We'll sit down during the week, take a look at it and see where we need to improved. There is plenty for us to improve on."

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Padraig O’Toole of Wicklow in action against David Seale and Eoin Buggie of Laois. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Padraig O’Toole of Wicklow in action against David Seale and Eoin Buggie of Laois. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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Evans added: "I thought it was a good performance by our team. It was a pity about the result.

"We won't know if we are in a good place until we have more competition.

"But I am happier this Saturday than I was last Saturday."

Scorers - Laois: P Kingston 2-2, E O'Carroll 0-5 (2fs), D Kingston 0-2, E Buggle, R Bracken 0-1 each. Wicklow: A McLoughlin 1-6, P O'Connor 1-0, P O'Toole, D Healy, M Jackson, C McGraynor 0-1 each. Laois - E Keogh; D Seale, M Timmons, A Campion; E Buggle, P O'Sullivan, T Collins; R Bracken, J O'Loughlin; J Mullaney, C Boyle B Byrne; M Keogh, E Carroll, D Kingston. Subs: P Kingston for Mullaney, R Tyrrell for Bracken, M Scully for Byrne, D O'Connor for Boyle, D Booth for O'Sullivan, K Meaney for O'Loughlin, F Crowley for Timmons, G Brody for E Keogh, E Dunne for O'Carroll, D O'Reilly for M Keogh.

Wicklow - M Jackson; O Manning, J Snell, R O'Brien; D Devereux, S Mooney, D Fitzgerald; P O'Toole, D Healy; M Fitzsimons, A McLoughlin, G Murphy; T Smith, C McGraynor, P O'Connor. Subs: R Davis for O'Connor, F O'Shea for Fitzsimons, D Hayden for Smith, C O'Shea for Murphy, C Healy for McGraynor.

Ref - P Maguire (Longford).

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